Chef’s Table – Wine Cellar Dinner Party
Sometimes we transform our wine cellar into a private chef’s table, with Chef Tamás hosting a dinner party from the open kitchen. He turns his dreams into menus, and we pair them with wines from our collection. Seating is at our two long communal tables, and like a true dinner party, the conversation flows generously, along with the wine.
Dinner Party at Chef Tamás’ Table
In our view, a party has not really started until you have a glass of sparkling wine (pezsgő) in hand, so we’ll pour you a glass of bubbles as soon as you arrive. From then, the dishes and the wine will keep coming for the next few of hours! Chef Tamás will narrate the food, and our sommelier will tell stories about the wines in your glasses. You can expect some welcome bites, an appetizer, a bit of charcuterie, two main courses, farmstead cheeses, and dessert paired with a glass of sweet Tokaji Aszú, Hungary’s signature sweet wine, known for its amazing elegance and concentration.
Though the menu changes for every occasion, Tamás bases his style on the Hungarian classics, which he prepares in a modern style (with his own magic touches). Ingredients are always local, seasonal, bought straight from his usual market vendors or from the farmers and producers we work with. At the end of the meal, we’ll set out a few types of local cheese from our shop, while you enjoy a digestive from our collection.
Like the best dinner parties, if you have the urge to hop in the kitchen and help a bit, go ahead! Or feel free to hang next to the counter to pick up some chef tips and tricks from Tamás as he does his magic in the kitchen. Or just sit back and relax while you indulge in the culinary and wine delights of the evening. Some guests have compared these dinners to speakeasies. That sounds about right—a chef’s speakeasy, inspired by Chef Tamás’ explorations of Hungarian cuisine, and enhanced by wines chosen by our sommelier.
These evenings are all about enjoying great food, wine, and company. Join us for a memorable evening in our cozy downtown wine cellar.
Details — There is one seating, and one menu. We recommend arriving at 7pm so you can enjoy a drink or two before dinner is served at 7:30pm. We never serve the same menu twice, but for logistical reasons Tamás will be preparing the same menu for everyone. We can, however, handle any special requests due to food allergies or dietary restrictions (as long as we know in advance).
About the chef — Tamás has had a varied culinary career, and has been cooking with us at the Tasting Table for the past eight years! Previously he has worked as a pastry chef in Paris, a chef de partie in London, and a personal chef at several Budapest embassies. In addition to owning his own restaurant in Budapest for a few years, he has also helped launch other restaurants in Budapest; done food styling for television shows, photo shoots, and commercials; and cooked privately for various clients (including wineries). At The Tasting Table, he teaches cooking classes and cooks for our private events and special dinners.